Chicago Sinfonietta Annual MLK Jr. Tribute Concert
Place & Time
Virtual Online Concert
Chicago IL USA
March 28, 2021
3:00 PM

March 28, 2021 (originally January 18, 2021, but moved due to COVID regulations for health and safety of all involved)

Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert
"The Arc"


Florence PRICE Dances in the Canebrakes
Joel THOMPSON Untitled work for cello and orchestra
Chicago Sinfonietta Commission; World Premiere
Jeff SCOTT Sinfonietta of Dreams
Adapted by HAMILTON, HORTON, and SEEGER (arr. Roy RINGWALD) We Shall Overcome

Mei-Ann Chen

Ifetayo Ali-Landing, cellist

An annual celebration of diversity and the values of freedom, friendship, and peace, this season friendship is the connecting theme in three fascinating works by a trio of African American composers: Florence Price, Joel Thompson, and Jeff Scott. Florence Price was friends with William Grant Still and asked him to arrange the orchestral arrangement of her fun piano work, Dances in the Canebrakes, now a Chicago Sinfonietta signature, especially with Project W; Joel Thompson is a childhood friend of Chicago Sinfonietta's new CEO, Blake-Anthony Johnson,while the extremely talented Ifetayo Ali-Landing and her mother, Lucinda Ali-Landing (a violinist in the Chicago Sinfonietta), have had long relationships with the Sinfonietta; and Jeff Scott is a new friend of the orchestra. His work, Sinfonietta of Dreams, was written in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We close the online concert with a Chicago Sinfonietta tradition: We Shall Overcome, performed in unison from homes across the country in a spirit of hope and resilience.

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